The EU Delegation to Serbia will celebrate this year’s Europe Month with a series of events throughout the month of May. On Europe Day, 9 May, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Ambassador Sem Fabrizi will present awards to high school pupils – winners of the Experience the EU contest – during an event taking place at the EU Info Centre in Belgrade at 13:00. On the same day, from 11:00-15:00, together with the European Movement in Serbia, the EU Info Centre will hand out promo materials, share information about the EU and entertain the visitors in the Republic Square in Belgrade. In the evening, the EU Delegation to Serbia will host its traditional Europe Day reception and a photo exhibition featuring photographs capturing the spirit of European Year of Cultural Heritage as well as awarded pieces submitted by high schools pupils within the Experience Europe project. Later in the evening, Pobednik monument in Kalemegdan – created by Ivan Mestrovic – will be lit up with EU flag colours from 20:00 till midnight.
In Nis, the EU Info Point will celebrate the Europe Day by hosting a number of cultural and artistic performances in the amphitheatre on the quay of Nisava, such as the children’s choir Carolija, winners of the Serbia to the Rhythm of Europe contest and the premiere of children’s play Adventures of Pippi Longstocking. Meanwhile, the Officers’ Club will host an exhibition of children’s works made in a series of creative workshops held by the EU Info Point on the topic of cultural heritage in Serbia and the EU. The programme continues at the Cultural Centre of Nis where two contemporary European films will be screened: “A Decent Man” (France) and “Fair Play“ (Slovakia). The same evening, the building of the National Theatre in Nis will be lit up with colours of the EU flag.
On 10 May, the EU Info Point Novi Sad will take part in the seventh edition of Zrenjanin’s European Village, a festival aimed at bringing elementary school pupils closer to customs, history, culture, national folk dances, music and tourist attractions of EU Member States. EU Delegation representatives will on this occasion present awards to pupils who won the quiz about EU values and history, in the presence of delegates of the Ministry of European Integration and EU Member States’ embassies that traditionally lend their support to the Festival.
Throughout May, the EU Info Points in Nis and Novi Sad will arrange guided visits to cultural institutions and landmark sites around the towns and host academic lectures as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. On 16 May at the EU Info Centre in Belgrade, a professor of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade Mileta Prodanovic will give a lecture on fostering the culture of remembrance through monuments.
The official opening of this year’s seventh edition of the European Film Festival will take place in Zajecar, 16 May, with a screening of a Serbian film “The Other Side of Everything” by Mila Turajlic. Throughout May and the rest of the year, 20 films – obtained thanks to EU Member States’ embassies – will be screened in a dozen of towns across Serbia.
The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia will be celebrated by hosting a series of debates on the topic at the EU Info Centre in Belgrade and EU Info Points in Novi Sad and Nis on 16 and 17 May.
On 17 May, the EU Delegation and the Ministry of Agriculture – with support from the EU Info Centre and EU Info Point Novi Sad – will host an EU Day as part of the Novi Sad Agricultural Fair.
From 17-21 May, with support from the EU Delegation to Serbia, Nis will host the International Erasmus Games, bringing together some 300 young people from all around the world.
EU Projects Fair – organised by the EU Delegation – is scheduled for 21 May in Arandjelovac.
Also, the selfie photo contest We Share Our Cultural Heritage – aimed at promoting cultural heritage sites in Serbia and Europe – runs through 21 May. The winners of the contest will be awarded at a ceremony taking place on 31 May.
The final round of this year’s European Debate School – participated in by high school pupils and students from across Serbia – will take place on 22 May at the National Assembly of Serbia where the winning team will be awarded by EU Delegation representatives.
This year’s Europe Month programme will be topped up with exhibitions on cultural heritage, multimedia events dedicated to Bulgarian EU Presidency and numerous debates on various EU-related topics.